“The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul” wrote American poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. Do you find these lines flattering or does it give away your deepest fear of how the world looks at you? More often than not puffy eyes or the bags under your eyes can cause you the same anxiety as those frail wrinkles or those annoying stands of grey hair. After all looking older than your age is a distress that’s difficult to live with.
As we age, study says, the ligaments under the eye weaken and the skin loses it elasticity, allowing fat and fluids to deposit in the eyelid. While in most cases, under eye bags are caused by aging and heredity – in runs in families; you may actually be hastening the process if you are leading an abused and neglected lifestyle. Poor nutrition, stress, fatigue, hormonal changes and allergies, along with environmental and behaviour factors also contribute to this condition in a major way.
While you may need serious medical help, if your baggy eyes are more than just a cosmetic concern, under normal circumstances your kitchen ingredients can provide the remedy. Here are some common natural cures to get rid of those bags under eyes:
Refrigerate couple of cucumber slices with the skin. Placing two cucumber slices over your closed eyes will soothe your eyes. Cucumber’s cooling quotient helps to shrink the blood vessels that puff up beneath the eyes and cause dark circles. They are also high in water content and therefore help in moisturizing the skin beneath the eyes.
Leave the cucumber slices on your eyes for 10-15 minutes and then wash your face with water. You can alternately soak cucumber and potato peelings in a small bowl with little water. Take cotton swabs, wet the cotton in this solution and place over the eyes. Rinse off your face after for 10 to 15 minutes. You can repeat this handy cure almost daily.
Use medicated rose water also known as gulab jal. Wash your eyes and soak cotton swab with rose water. Leave the cotton balls on your eyes for 15-20 minutes. The natural vitamins and minerals in rose water will rejuvenate the skin around your eyes and ease the puffiness. Rose water can be also be used as a daily skin cleanser as it moisturises the skin.
Aloe Vera’s natural healing properties (including the B1, B3, B6, C vitamins, niacinamide, choline and 18 amino acids) work great to tone baggy eyes. You can get freshly squeezed Aloe Vera gel and dab it under your eyes. Leave it overnight and wash your face in the morning. Trust Aloe vera gel’s anti-inflammatory agents to help decrease those puffy under-eye bags and maintain a fresh appearance.
After you’ve enjoyed that perfect cuppa of tea, preserve that tea bag and refrigerate it. Then when you’re ready for an afternoon break, take out that tea bag and pat them on your closed eyelids and leave it for 30 minutes. The alkaloids in the tea help to repair the skin around the eyes. You can do this every day.
This one’s a natural bleach that helps to lighten the skin. Blend one medium-sized tomato and juice of half lemon in a mixer. Pour the mixture in a small bowl. To this add a pinch of gram flour and turmeric powder. Apply the paste on the skin under the eyes for 15 minutes and wash off the face mask with water.
If you are suffering from under eye dark circles, a daily almond oil massage before you hit the bed can help you get rid of those baggy eyes. Also if you are someone who uses lot of eye-makeup daily, try using almond oil on a cotton ball to remove eye makeup will soften the skin.
Massaging with pure natural oils coconut is significantly useful. Vigorous massage on the specific area of the body helps to tighten the muscle. Again this must be done during bedtime so that the oil is allowed to seep in to the affected area.
The nutmeg in your spice jar didn’t seem so beneficial before. Paste of nutmeg in milk when applied around the eyes provides a cooling effect and helps removing those dark blemishes that you’re so scared of.
This is the most inexpensive and quick fix alternative you could opt for without any excuse. Just grab a steel spoon from your cutlery and keep it in the freezer for 30 minutes. Find a comfortable corner to lie down and place the chilled spoons on your eyes. The cold temperature will constrict the blood vessels under your eyes and almost instantly relieve the puffiness.
You surely know that a good uninterrupted sleep can do miracles for you, health-wise we mean. Try that without finding excuses. You may not even have to hunt for that list of remedies if you do that. According to doctors, the collagen in the skin under the eyes actually breakdown when we deprive ourselves of sleep and that makes the blood vessels more visible. Just enjoy rolling on the bed, it can be fun.
Don’t just preach the kids to be healthy, adopt a healthy lifestyle yourself. And that starts with eating right. A diet that is just right for you can be the best natural remedy to all your cures as well. Start with eating organically cultivated fruits and vegetables and drinking lots of pure water.
Just dump the aerated, carbonated drinks, caffeine, smoking and red meat. Cut down on the salt and excessive sugar intake. Check with your doc to add vitamin supplements to your diet. Get enough sunshine. Vitamin D from the sun can help you detoxify and do anything that keeps you fit physically. You will notice right away how the blemishes naturally start to disappear.